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To an extent, Arché students are self-defined. Any PhD student in the Philosophy Departments who meets most of the following conditions may be considered for membership of Arché:

  • Their main supervisor is an Arché member.
  • Their main research topic is within Arché’s remit.
  • They want to work with other members of Arché on a regular basis.
  • They are willing to make a commitment to supporting the work of the Centre throughout their time at St Andrews.
  • They may be funded by Arché.

A student who meets, or expects to meet, these conditions should contact the Arché secretary, and ask to be considered for membership of Arché.

Full Arché membership brings many benefits. Arché provides office space for its graduate students, who interact on a daily basis with other Arché researchers, and are encouraged to approach any Arché member at any time for feedback on their work. In return, Arché graduates are expected to participate fully in Arché’s activities, by regularly attending and participating in seminars, assisting with minute-taking, helping to organise events and attending meetings of the Arché Council.

Graduate students are welcome to work within any of Arché’s current research projects, or on any other topic within Arché’s broader remit (Logic, Language, Metaphysics and Epistemology). Becoming an Arché graduate in no way restricts a student’s intellectual freedom: Arché students may begin working on topics within Arché’s remit, then find later that their work leads them into another area. Such students remain members of Arché, but have the benefit of interaction with other members of the Philosophy Departments whose interests converge with their own. Arché PhD Students remain full members of the Philosophy Departments: they have normal access to its facilities and involvement in its activities.

Arché has been extremely successful in placing its graduating students. For more information, please visit our placement page.

Details about funding sources is available here.